Scientists in the news this week: October 2020
‘What even is the economy?’ Citymag has published a three-part series on ‘how SA makes money and stuff’ featuring several University of Adelaide scientists and science graduates.
The stories followed University’s Dean of Business Noel Lindsay and CityMag co-founder Josh Fanning as they visited various South Australian locations to establish ‘where money comes from’. They quickly discovered it starts with dirt.
After strolling through SA Government’s first-ever plantation forest at Kuitpo, the duo visit Jericho Family Wines. Both dad Neil and son Andrew are graduates of the University of Adelaide’s oenology program.
They then visit the Hickinbotham Roseworthy Wine Science Laboratory at Waite campus and talk with Associate Professor and Head Winemaker Paul Grbin and Scholarly Teaching Fellow and Assistant Winemaker Jill Bauer.
In the second part of the series, titled ‘The elemental economy: Rocks and hydrogen’, Fanning and Professor Lindsay tour local quarries and meet with Dr Chris Matthews from the Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources (IMER). In the third instalment, the team visit one of the University’s most dynamic areas, ThincLab Adelaide – while also linking into the previous stories by talking with Wine Business expert Associate Professor Armando Corsi.
Agriculture, food and wine
Agricultural scientists including Professor Jason Able (pictured) identified a potential new tool for screening cereal crops for frost damage.
Professor Able spoke to ABC radio and featured in Stock Journal, Naracoorte Herald, Southern Argus and various online platforms including Grain Central.
In Australian & NZ Grapegrower & Winemaker:
- Professor Stephen Tyerman features in a story about lab and field trials of sensors to detect volatile ethanol which provides evidence of the onset of berry cell death.
- Dr Vinay Pagay’s journey from computer engineer to wine researcher, is profiled.
- Professor Vladimir Jiranek is featured in the ongoing story about reviving the lost practices of Aboriginal fermentation techniques.
Animal and veterinary sciences
- New research to help koalas survive future bushfires led by Dr Natasha Speight featured on ABC and 2MCE radio and in The Advertiser, The Islander, West Australian, Margaret River Mail, Clarence Valley Independent and multiple online news channels.
- Dr William van Wettere featured in Stock Journal and The Land discussing how twin lamb survival rates can be boosted by 14 per cent with a simple implant behind a pregnant ewe's ear.
- Associate Professor Sam Franklin talked on ABC radio about how feeding bananas to horses can help cure stomach ulcers.
Scientists have highlighted the physical and chemical changes that occur during droughts that lead to severe, and sometimes irreversible, drying of wetland soils.
Professor Peter Veitch (pictured) winning the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science was celebrated across many news mediums. Peter was interviewed on ABC Radio and appeared in print and online including, *The Advertiser, ABC online, Sydney Morning Herald, *The Australian, Canberra Times, The Conversation and Cosmos Magazine.
Researchers, including petroleum geoscientist Associate Professor Simon Holford, have mapped the complex plumbing system beneath volcanoes in the clearest detail ever, marking a ‘major step forward’ in our understanding of how they are formed and behave.
Science students and alumni
Wales247 reports that PhD graduate Dr Andrew Lloyd, from Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological Environmental and Rural Sciences has been awarded a Future Leaders Fellowship by the UK Research and Innovation body.
WineTitles and Australian & NZ Grapegrower & Winemaker discussed how tertiary level wine and viticulture students have been among those looking to launch a career in difficult circumstances. Alumnus Josh Ramsey is featured, having secured a cellar hand job in the Yarra Valley.
The life of the late Taras Ochota was celebrated across multiple channels including Australia’s Wine Business Magazine. Taras was a winemaking graduate from the University of Adelaide in 2005.
James Halliday wrote in The Weekend Australian about McLaren Vale-based viticulture graduate Toby Bekkers.
Wine graduate Bec Hardy features in the Australian Financial Review in an article about the Hardy family’s winemaking journey.